Skip to content

50 Years at the Farlow: A Conversation with Don Pfister

  • News

New Podcast Episode (May 1, 2024)

HMSC Connects podcast host Jennie Berglund speaks with Harvard Professor Don Pfister, curator of the Farlow Reference Library and Herbarium of Cryptogamic Botany. The Herbaria houses nearly a million and a half specimens of plants, bryophytes, mosses and fungi, algae, and lichens. Don speaks to Jennie about his 50-year tenure at Harvard—nearly half of the Farlow’s lifespan.

They discussed the new Glass Flowers exhibit, The Blaschkas at the Microscope: Lessons in Botany, how he inherited his grandmother’s love of gardening, the 2016 historic renovation of the Glass Flowers, and the important role fungi play in our ecosystem.

Listen/Read the transcript here